Arm's Way - Islands
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the Montreal-based indie group is its first on the Anti- label.
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  1. It is a towering, complex achievement and startling progression to boot.
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    This is freaky, transcendent stuff. [Spring 2008, p.94]
  3. This collection comes together in a much more cohesive and fluid sense [than their debut.] [June 2008, p.131]
  4. The Pulp frontman embodies entertainment, presenting pop anthems as masterpieces, and Thorburn pours just such confidence into Arm's Way.
  5. As is typical of Thornburn's music, Arm's Way must be approached with an open mind.
  6. These songs may be less immediately catchy, but all of them have a moment in which they break away from their straightforward guitar-rock underpinning and allow strange, spacious moments to burble up from within.
  7. Everything here is overdone, whether it's Nick Thorburn's thatrical vocals, the myriad pointless time changes or J'aime Vous Von Quitter's horrid La Bamba-style outero. [June 2008, p.142]

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